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Boston Considering Removing Statue Of Lincoln Standing Over Freed Black Man
Boston's mayor is considering the fate of a public statue depicting former President Abraham Lincoln standing before a freed Black man after a petition called for its removal.
The statue in the city's Park Square is a replica of the Emancipation Memorial in Washington and depicts Lincoln with one hand raised above a kneeling man with broken shackles on his wrists.
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The statue is meant to show Lincoln freeing the man from slavery, but a petition against the statue says it "instead represents us still beneath someone else."
Boston Considering Removing Statue Of Lincoln Standing Over Freed Black Man
Why Removing Blackface Episodes Is ‘Just Trying to Band-Aid Over History’
Not So Fast Democrats. Young Black Voters Are Still Not Fully Convinced And It Might Cost Joe Biden The Election
Joe Biden’s interview with “The Breakfast Club” a few months ago did not bode well with the Black community and almost two months later it might still be telling of the relationship between Blacks and the Democratic Party that some argue is riddled with neglect and exploitation. Some accused Biden of appearing arrogant and entitled during the interview, and although he quickly apologized for his comments, many argue that Biden’s behavior is symptomatic of the party feeling as though they own the Black vote as opposed to having to earn the Black vote.
Gone are the days of Blacks voting solely based on an allegiance to the Democratic Party and in gratitude for the right to vote. Voting should be held as sacred. However, many young Black voters are no longer satisfied with having to choose between “the lesser of two evils” and are demanding the same contentious campaign efforts that are directed toward other voter groups. Biden’s recent interview only fanned the flames of existing frustrations.
Former NYPD commissioner: Mayor de Blasio is 'surrendering' to violent crime
Former New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told “Your World” on Monday that he attributes the recent violence in the city and the increase in officers retiring from the police department to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“I put this all out at the feet of Mayor de Blasio,” Kelly told host Neil Cavuto on Monday.
“He sapped the strength of the NYPD since he took office in 2014,” he added.
Kelly made the comments the day after NYPD officers, responding to a report of shots fired in Manhattan, were met with a large crowd throwing bottles and debris at them.
The New York City Police Benevolent Association shared a video that showed the crowd shouting and throwing multiple glass bottles at a police cruiser. The incident occurred when officers attempted to disperse the group of nearly 500 people in the neighborhood of Harlem.
St. Louis mayor slammed for broadcasting names, addresses of 'defund the police' supporters
The mayor of St. Louis is facing backlash for reading aloud during a public briefing the full names and street addresses of protesters who are calling on the city to defund the police department.
Democratic Mayor Lyda Krewson was answering questions during a Facebook Live briefing Friday afternoon, which she has held regularly during the coronavirus pandemic, when someone asked about a meeting she had with demonstrators outside City Hall earlier in the day.
The mayor responded that the conversation “wasn’t really a two-way conversation… because there was a very loud response from the demonstrators," NBC's affiliate in St. Louis, Missouri KSDK reported.
'I Should've Killed You': Unrepentant White Supremacist Murderer Threatens Victim At Sentencing
Black Lives Matter Wants to End Police Brutality. History Suggests It Will Go Much Further.
Petition Calls on Officials to Replace Columbus Statue With Chef Boyardee
An online campaign is calling for Cleveland officials to replace a Christopher Columbus statue with one of "the iconic" Ettore Boiardi, also known as Chef Boyardee.
The petition stated that Columbus statue, located at the Tony Brush Park in Cleveland's Little Italy, celebrates a person who "initiated the genocide against Indigenous Americans."
Black Mississippi Mayor Tears Up as He Signs Order to Remove State Flag: 'Time for Waiting Is Over'
Democratic Party of Orange County Demand John Wayne Airport to be Renamed
Community Episode Removed From Streaming Over Chang’s Dungeons & Dragons Blackface
Why Biden Is Rejecting Black Lives Matter's Boldest Proposals
“He’s certainly at the helm as our nominee and as our party leader,” Schatz said. “But I think he understands that there is a movement that undergirds the left right now which is deeper and wider and more likely to last into the future regardless of who’s the titular head of the party.”
A similar view comes from some activists who often have the most clear-eyed view of politicians, seeing them not as heroic shapers of history but merely as instruments who respond to pressure.
Biden was quick to embrace two previously controversial positions: banning chokeholds and reforming qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, a change that Obama opposed as president. “Symone was like you gotta do this and he did it,” said a prominent Democrat who advises the campaign. “And he did it pretty quickly. The police hate it.”
But other issues highlighted by the Black Lives Matter movement and its allies have not been embraced by the Biden campaign. And some Democrats worry the presumptive nominee’s reluctance could dampen enthusiasm for him among African American voters who have suffered disproportionately through the trio of 2020 crises: the coronavirus pandemic, the subsequent economic collapse and the epidemic of anti-Black policing.
Mexican president slammed after comments on women staying at home
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday suggested the tradition of women staying at home to take care of older family members was key to battling the coronavirus pandemic, sparking criticism his comments were sexist.
“People want to change women’s role and that is one of the just causes of feminism, but the tradition in Mexico is that daughters are the ones who care the most for parents. We men are more detached,” Lopez Obrador said.
Whereas seniors in nursing homes in Europe had suffered with the pandemic, Mexico’s elders were helped by the custom of being cared for at home, he said, adding that the “Mexican family is the most important social security institution” in the country.
JoJo Siwa responded to and dismissed accusations of blackface in one of her music videos
JoJo Siwa is the latest YouTuber to face allegations of racism after some followers said a young actor in her latest music video, for her song "Nonstop," was performing in blackface.
The video, which is set in a circus, features dancers dressed up as all sorts of animals. One of the dancers, a young white girl, is seen in close-up early in the video with brown makeup and what appear to be monkey ears. The comments on the video have been disabled.
Former Mayor Resigns After Comparing BLM Protesters to Monkeys in FB Post
Bernie Ecclestone says ‘in many cases black people are more racist than white people’
TikTok Pride event shut down in minutes after homophobes and racists target LGBT+ creators with hate
People of color won't be required to wear masks in an Oregon county
People of color are exempt from an Oregon county's mask mandate over concerns about racial profiling.
Lincoln County, Oregon, requires most residents to wear face coverings in public settings, indoors or outdoors. The overwhelmingly White county will not require non-White residents to wear them if they fear harassment, the county said this month.
It's one of the first counties in the US to exempt people of color from wearing masks to prevent racial profiling.
Angry residents erupt at meeting over new mask rule
Oregon county rescinds racial profiling mask exception
My friends are acting like this pandemic is over — how do I deal?
Los Angeles County Now Has Highest Number Of Coronavirus Cases In U.S.
Reform, not revolution, is path to Black equality, says UK activist
Those fighting for Black racial equality in Britain need to put realistic reform over dreams of revolution, said Imarn Ayton, an activist who has had a prominent role in protests that swept London in recent weeks.
Ayton is calling on the government to implement findings of a series of reviews on ethnic injustices including the Lammy Review of 2017. That looked into the treatment of ethnic minorities in the criminal justice system.
More radical in its stated aims is Black Lives Matter UK, which calls itself an “abolitionist movement” that does not believe in reforming the police, state or prisons. It says it wants to dismantle capitalism.
“BLM do not believe in reform. I do believe in reform,” said Ayton. “We do have to be united but we don’t necessarily have to agree on everything. We can have the same objectives but have a different approach.”
3-Year-Old Chicago Boy Is Fatally Shot While Riding in Car with Stepfather, as Police Seek Suspects
A $4,500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect in the fatal shooting of a 3-year-old boy during a violent weekend in Chicago.
According to police, Mekhi James, 3, was shot Saturday night while in the back of his stepfather's car.
The stepfather was driving them home after both had gotten haircuts.
The shooting unfolded shortly after 6:30 p.m. along Chicago's Huron Street.
Investigators said a blue Honda SUV pulled up alongside the stepfather's vehicle and opened fire.
A Black Teen Died After Screaming ‘I Can't Breathe’ as Youth Home Employees Put Their Weight on Him
SEE IT: Man left with knife sticking out of head by Harlem mugger
Accused killer caught in Brooklyn gang bust left trail of Facebook posts boasting of violence: feds
White men in car chased down Black teens on bikes in Connecticut, 1 hurled slurs, police say
3 charged over killing of Black teenager who reportedly cried out 'I can't breathe' while being restrained at Michigan facility for 'at-risk youth'
Pa. Woman Who Vanished Last Month Is Found Dead in Trash Bag, and Man Is Arrested
Ga. Boy, 13, Was Walking with Dad on Sidewalk When Driver Allegedly Killed Him in Hit-and-Run
Baseball bat-wielding brute sought in unprovoked Bronx attack
Protestors brutally beat a gay Democratic lawmaker in Wisconsin. He says he’s still “on their side.”
Puerto Rico Governor Strips Away LGBTQ+ Protections
Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez signed a new civil code that removed language protecting LGBTQ+ persons last week. The action was met with outrage from experts and civil rights activists.
“Puerto Rico’s governor signed into law significant revisions to the island’s civil codes that shamefully ignore the urgent calls of local advocates to explicitly include vital, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ residents,” Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David said in a statement. “The government has failed to carry out its primary duty of ensuring the safety and well-being of all Puerto Ricans, including LGBTQ Puerto Ricans.”
Dozens of 'disrespected' Louisville police officers walk out on city's mayor in protest, claiming 'he does not care about them at all'
Police in Louisville, Kentucky, walked out on the city's mayor in protest at him 'disrespecting' them as they claimed he 'does not care about them at all'.
Video shows officers and detectives from the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) silently streaming out of a room as mayor Greg Fischer prepared to address them ahead of a 12-hour shift.
Fraternal Order of Police president Ryan Nichols, who was not present, said the move was an unplanned reaction by officers who said they felt 'completely unsupported and disrespected.'
Masterchef favourite offers grovelling apology for sick posts calling gay people ‘mentally ill freaks’
Reynold Poernomo, who is a favourite to win the contest, posted a number of anti-gay messages to an online bodybuilding forum in 2014, the Daily Mail reports.
According to the report, Poernomo commented on a thread about the first ever same-sex couple featured on the Disney Channel.
The thread’s creator asked members if they agreed with the move, and Poernomo commented: “I wish the world made a united decision where they will capture all gay people and put them on a remote island full of gays, that way straight ppl [people] will be happy and the freaks can go on and f**k themselves.”
Republican candidate under fire for son’s ‘homophobic’ tweet comparing gay adoption to dogs
IKEA sacked a homophobe who told co-workers gay people should be killed. Now, it’s being threatened with a lawsuit
The former IKEA employee, identified as Tomasz K, said he was fired last year after he refused to take down a homophobic comment he posted on the firm’s internal site.
“Acceptance and promotion of homosexuality and other deviations is scandalous,” he wrote, alongside several anti-gay Bible verses.
IKEA said at the time that the employee had expressed an opinion “in a way that could affect the rights and dignity of LGBT + people”.
“In addition, the employee actually used quotes from the Old Testament about death, blood in the context of what fate should meet homosexual people,” it added. “Many employees raised by this entry contacted our HR department.”
Homophobes don’t even try to hide their bigotry as they rage over Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s Andrew Christian bag